App review: Alchemy

Did you know that if you mix fire and water, you get alcohol? Did you know that if you mix alcohol and wheat, you get beer? Or how about if you take beer, and add a brick house, you make a bar? Welcome, to Alchemy.

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, alchemy is “an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting.” Alchemy for Android is an interesting puzzle game that’s based around just that: taking four elements, earth, air, fire, and water, and combining them back and fourth to eventually create 370 different unique items.

When the game first starts, you are presented with your “workspace”. Here, all four original elements are positioned in a cross on screen. You simply drag one element onto another, and presto chango, if those elements can be combined, they change into something else. You can add previous elements already created to make more elements, by using the small plus sign on the bottom of your workspace, going for crazier and crazier combinations every time.

You can also undo combinations in the premium version of Alchemy, by using the undo button, and use the “?” button for a quick intro to the game, as well as one other thing; quite possibly my favorite feature of the game that’s generally overlooked. If you drag any element you’ve created onto the ? button, then a quick intro for that element’s Wikipedia entry pops ups with a link to continue reading. I’ve put this function to the test, and in all my experiences, it’s very well done.

Alchemy for Android currently has 5,000,000 – 10,000,000 installs, with a five star rating from 139,800 reviews. If you’ve spent a lot of time in the Android Market, you know that this is phenomenal. I can assure you, there is a good reason for those stats, as the game plays flawlessly, and there’s hours upon hours of fun to be had. To download Alchemy, use the Android Market download link below. If you come up with any crazy combinations, be sure to come back to the comments and let us know.

Alchemy Android Market Link

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